A new company operating out of the Pacific Northwest, Environite Building Products, recently introduced its signature solid-surface product, Environite. It’s a cast-to-size material made with roughly 90% recycled content — recycled glass and discarded post-consumer and post-industrial materials — and both VOC- and styrene-free, according to the company. Environite is available in several colors, though the white countertop pictured may be hard to beat.
Perhaps you heard about a report by Environment & Human Health, Inc., which was published earlier this year, LEED Certification: Where Energy Efficiency Collides with Human Health. In it, to summarize, the authors suggest that the USGBC creates a false impression that buildings are "healthy" when the LEED system doesn't really do much to remove harmful chemicals from products and buildings. The report started a media frenzy on the topic.
If you’re looking for long-lasting, energy-efficient lighting, 60-watt replacement LEDs are on the way to big box retailers. These lights screw in just like typical incandescents, but they use less than a quarter of the energy and have no mercury, unlike CFLs.
- Small sustainable living.
- Rethinking nature with bio-LEDs.
- The cost of energy-efficient construction.
- Understanding consumer interest in green furniture.
- Successfully selling green in a down economy.
- Green McMansions: good for the earth?
- Younger greens reject old ideas.
- Shrinking the American Dream.
For the ninth year in a row, BuildingGreen has announced their list of Top-10 Green Building Products. BuildingGreen sifts the products from additions to the GreenSpec Directory, coverage in Environmental Building News, and blogs on BuildingGreen. Here are seven products from the list to keep on the radar:
The small town of Oroville — north central Washington four miles from the border — has big aspirations. A developer has plans to build the first Passive House hotel in North America, according to Examiner.com.